Arizona approves birther bill

Updated
The Arizona House of Representatives (file)
The Arizona House of Representatives (file)
Matt York/AP

A so-called birther bill is now in Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s hands. State lawmakers approved a bill requiring all presidential candidates to prove U.S. citizenship before appearing on the state ballot. It cleared the state House in a 40-16 vote late-yesterday, and the state Senate on Wednesday.

Arizona would become the first state to go to this extreme. You already need to be a natural born citizen to run for office, as any first-grader can probably tell you.

Birther conspiracy theorists say President Obama wasn’t actually born in Hawaii. This fringe group argues he was born in Kenya, and therefore ineligible to hold the nation’s highest elected office.

Hawaii officials have repeatedly confirmed Obama’s citizenship, and his Hawaiian birth certificates have been made public.

The author of the bill, Republican Rep. Carl Seel of Phoenix said, “this bill is about the integrity of our elections,” and not President Obama.

Thirteen other states have considered similar birther proposals. Arkansas, Connecticut, Maine and Montana defeated them.

Barack Obama and Arizona

Arizona approves birther bill

Updated